weekly photo challenge: wall

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We’ve chosen to share “The Wall of Tears” found on Isabela Island of the Galapagos Islands. It is about 25 metres tall and its construction is said to have been the cause of many deaths.

It was built in the late 1940s through to 1950s by prisoners on the island.

This wall was the result of many tears as well as locals saying that cries can be heard coming from it sometimes.

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To check out other photos of walls in the Weekly Photo Challenge, see here.

Have a fabulous weekend! 

We welcome your comments.

 

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37 thoughts on “weekly photo challenge: wall

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    Packing my Suitcase said:
    March 18, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Ohhh I remember this place ❤ I want to go back there so bad!!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 19, 2015 at 1:36 pm

      We’d love to go back to Galapagos one day. It is such a special place 🙂

        Packing my Suitcase said:
        March 19, 2015 at 7:33 pm

        Yes it is!! How long did you guys stay there?

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          March 21, 2015 at 8:59 am

          We were on three islands over seven days. We did island hopping rather than stay on a cruise. We really enjoyed doing that way! How long did you guys stay?

            Packing my Suitcase said:
            March 23, 2015 at 7:19 pm

            I lived in San Cristobal for 1 month, I was a volunteer there 😀 so I enjoyed some days off to visit other islands, and it was amazing… I went to 3 islands in almost 1 week too 😀

    Madhu said:
    March 17, 2015 at 5:41 am

    Hadn’t heard of it before! Beautifully photographed.

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    Nurul Lubis said:
    March 15, 2015 at 8:39 am

    I presume it will be a bit scary during evening when the voice starts coming.. Nice photo by the way…

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 16, 2015 at 8:47 am

      Yeah, we didn’t stay til sunset – we didn’t want to find out 😉

    Curt Mekemson said:
    March 15, 2015 at 4:00 am

    There must be millions of rocks, each one hand placed I assume. I am curious as to the background of the prisoners. Great photo. I like the way the wall dominates the right of the picture and recedes into the distance on the left. –Curt

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 16, 2015 at 8:48 am

      Yes, it was rather interesting the history. We even recall vaguely that this was a form of punishment for the prisoners. Carrying the volcanic rock and then placing them on top of one another for days on end. Plenty of tears we were told.

      Thanks Curt!

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    darwinontherocks said:
    March 14, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    I remembered this place, there was so many tortoises around. It was nice. +But it was a loooong walk to get there

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 16, 2015 at 8:51 am

      Definitely a long walk, but we spotted some lovely flora and a few tortoises to break up the journey!

        darwinontherocks said:
        March 16, 2015 at 7:08 pm

        When did you go there ? Which year ? I was there in 2011, during July/august/September

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          March 17, 2015 at 3:26 pm

          We were there October 2011 🙂 only a few months after you!

            darwinontherocks said:
            March 17, 2015 at 6:40 pm

            The weather must have been better, for me, it was often raining in the jungle 😉

    kayrpea61 said:
    March 14, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Somehow looks older than 60-70 years, doesn’t it?

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 16, 2015 at 8:51 am

      It certainly does. Maybe because the rocks are so old and piled together creates an “older” look! Hope you have a great week ahead.

    Mabel Kwong said:
    March 14, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Bit of a dark and spooky wall. If the whispers are right, then I don’t think I’d like to be walking around it when the sun has gone down for the day…or when there’s no one around 😀 I notice it’s made out of rocks – wow, amazing how it can hold on their own just like that. Have a good weekend, monkeys!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 16, 2015 at 8:53 am

      Hello there Mabel 🙂
      Hmmm – we chose to see it in the afternoon and MOVE ON. There was NO way we were having around to see whether there were cries at night time.
      We were told that the prisoners carried the rocks and piled them up as a form of punishment. There was no real purpose for the wall apparently.
      Hope you have a great week ahead!

    galeweithers said:
    March 14, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Intriguing story indeed and what a wall. Loved this interpretation of the challenge 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 16, 2015 at 8:56 am

      Thank you!! It is probably not an overly famous wall but it’s story deserved to be shared 🙂

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    MythRider said:
    March 14, 2015 at 11:01 am

    I thought what a cool wall, until I read the history. So sad.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 16, 2015 at 8:55 am

      A cool wall with a very sad history. As we said in response to another comment… each rock carries a tale no doubt! And to think, this was a form of punishment…..

    CrazyChineseFamily said:
    March 14, 2015 at 9:37 am

    These kind of constructions are really creepy when revisiting them years or even decades to hundreds of years later!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 16, 2015 at 8:54 am

      They are creepy and what we find even more incredible – is the fact there is so much history behind it. Every person who placed that rock… what is their story???
      Hope you had an amazing weekend and an even greater week ahead 🙂

    sustainabilitea said:
    March 14, 2015 at 8:30 am

    A sad story, a lovely wall.

    janet

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